Young audience

Lonely Castle in the Mirror (Kagami no kojô)

Keiichi Hara
School 12-19 Animation 2023 116 min Japan
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A sensible take on bullying

One day, the mirror in Kokoro’s bedroom begins to glow. No sooner has the young girl touched it than she finds herself pulled into a castle in a fantasy world. There, a mysterious young girl wearing a wolf mask sets her a challenge. She has a year to complete it and fulfil a wish. But Kokoro is not alone: six other teenagers share the same goal.

Based on the famous novel by Mizuki Tsujimura, this impressive visual story uses a subtly developed world to express the anguish of teenage suffering. The film provides a space for solidarity and love between characters amid existential questioning.


Accessible from 12 and over


  • Ami Tôma
  • Mana Ashida
  • Yûki Kaji


  • Miho Maruo
  • based on the book Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura.


  • Toshiaki Aoshima
  • Yôhei Miyawaki


  • Harumi Fuuki


  • A-1 Pictures Inc.
  • Nippon Television Network
  • Shochiku


Friday 01 March 2024 09:00
Talent présent  •  
Lieux : Ciné Utopia
Audio : French
Subtitles :
Screening : School Screening

Keiichi Hara

Keiichi Hara
Keiichi Hara

Keiichi Hara first worked on popular family television series such as Doraemon and, more specifically, Crayon Shin-chan, from 1996 to 2004. He then turned to independent cinema, gaining international recognition with the Japanese Academy Award for A Summer with Coo (2008) and especially with Colorful (2011), winner of the Special Jury Prize and the Audience Prize at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in 2011. In 2015, Miss Hokusai was also widely acclaimed.


  • Le château solitaire dans le miroir 2022
  • Wonderland, le royaume sans pluie 2019
  • Miss Hokusai 2015
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